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Coronado Beach
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A slice of the Californian dream awaits at this idyllic stretch of sand, just a few miles from downtown.

Coronado Beach epitomizes California’s famous mix of glamour, laid-back culture and natural beauty. It’s a short drive from downtown San Diego over the Coronado Island Bay Bridge, accessible by car, water taxi, or a 15-minute ferry ride. The area, known for its white sand beach that sparkles with jet-black mica, has been a popular vacation destination with Hollywood celebrities and families alike since it was established in the late 1880s.

Coronado, which means “the crowned one” in Spanish, is a regular on “best beach” polls. You’ll understand why once you leave the city behind, kick off your shoes and dip your feet into the gentle waves. Try your hand at water sports including fishing, boating, body-surfing and jet-skiing. Or, splash around in one of the many shallow pools that form in the sand when the tide is low.

Ocean Boulevard, facing Central Beach, is lined with glamorous mansions, chic shops and expensive restaurants. Have a drink or just take in the beautiful lobby at the regal Hotel del Coronado, made famous in the films Some Like it Hot (1959) and The Stunt Man (1980). The classic Victorian-style architecture of this 1888 mansion is still impressive today. The hotel’s guest book reads like a who’s who of America: Thomas Edison, Magic Johnson, Bill Clinton and Babe Ruth to name a few.

There is free parking along Ocean Boulevard but you’ll need to get there early to find a spot. To explore a little further afield, head to the nearby beaches of Glorietta Bay and Silver Strand. From Glorietta Bay you will have a good view of the striking San Diego-Coronado Bridge. If you come to Coronado by water, take some time to explore the Ferry Landing area. Browse art galleries, boutiques and gift shops, or simply enjoy the picturesque surroundings while dining at one of the cafés or restaurants here. Come on a Tuesday for the farmers’ markets, which showcases fresh, locally grown produce.

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1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
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Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
The price is £81 per night from 8 Mar to 9 Mar

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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
1500 Orange Ave, Coronado, CA
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The price is £222 per night from 4 Mar to 5 Mar

Located in Coronado, this beachfront resort is next to a golf course and within 3 mi (5 km) of Coronado Ferry Landing, San Diego Convention Center and Petco ...

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"This was one of the most beautiful resorts we’ve ever been to! We really enjoyed the amenities, and also appreciated how seriously staff took cleanliness."…"

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7 Oct 2019

Sunday brunch at The Del was outstanding

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14 Jul 2019

Worth the drive. Nice American Town. Beach is very clean. Hot but a nice cooling sea breeze.

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Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
Manchester Grand Hyatt San Diego
4 out of 5
1 Market Pl, San Diego, CA
The price is £136 per night from 28 Feb to 1 Mar
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Wyndham San Diego Bayside
4 out of 5
1355 N Harbor Drive, San Diego, CA
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Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
Hotel del Coronado, Curio Collection by Hilton
4 out of 5
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431 Ocean Blvd, Coronado, CA
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1070 Coronado Ave, Coronado, CA
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964 D Avenue, Coronado, CA
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